Data Analysis


Mike Ramirez called the program committee meeting to order—this time with a certain dread. He knew what Judy's topic was for this meeting, and although he was fairly comfortable with it, he could predict the screams of agony when the staff heard the words “number crunching.” Judy smiled in sympathy when she saw Mike's discomfort. She was familiar with this reaction, having seen and dealt with it many, many times. For now, Judy could only reassure him that “number crunching” was in fact understandable to all those present and did not necessarily mean that they would be dealing with “real numbers.” She explained that she would begin with a few definitions of essential terms—what is a statistic?—and then move on to ...

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